Summer School: History

Study at a university ranked 19th in the UK for history*, with specialist access to the world-famous Mass Observation Archive. Browse our history Summer School modules below.

Students on a history field trip at a castle

Browse our modules

You can see our full list of history modules below.

Session One

28 June - 16 July 2021

  • Holocaust Studies: Experience, knowledge and memory

    Module code: IS415

    In this module, we will explore the experience, knowledge and memory of the Holocaust through source materials from contemporaries, who experienced this devastating European event. This module is ideal for a wide audience, at an introductory level with no pre-requisites, and is suited to students and interest in historical shifts and archival practices. The Holocaust represents a civilizational rupture, a European event with global reverberations that questioned the most dearly held assumptions about humanity. During the Summer School, we will investigate some of those through the eyes and experiences of contemporaries, Jews and non-Jews alike. How did life change for German Jews, the first to be exposed to Nazi brutality? How did Jews elsewhere in Europe experience German occupation and how did they react to the ever more murderous policies they were subjected to?

    You will access The Keep, a state of the art archive facility and one of the foremost social archives in the world that documents these two life stories, and will shed light on questions around Jewish discrimination, antisemitism to all forms of racism. You will develop skills of primary source analysis and a deeper understanding of a particular archive and body of evidence in relation to Jewish history. This hands-on learning will provide students will the skills of primary source analysis and a deeper understanding of the history of Jewish discrimination, antisemitism to all forms of racism and the wider context of humanistic, democratic and liberal views in our modern society today.

    Through life stories documented at The Keep, you will learn about the lives of Max Goldschmidt who escaped from Frankfurt to Britain before the war, and Arnold Daghani, who was deported from Romania to a death camp in Ukraine before he came to Brighton after the war.

    This module may include a field excursion to the London Imperial War Museum.

    Learning outcomes:

    • To understand a historical moment by reference to the particular context in which it occurred
    • To relate the history of Jewish discrimination and antisemitism to all forms of racism and to the wider context of humanistic, democratic, and liberal values in modern society today
    • To develop skills of primary source analysis and an understanding of a particular archive and body of evidence
    • To supply evidence for these skills in assessments that distill information provided in the workshops

    Teaching method: Lectures and workshops
    Assessment:  60% essay, 30% project, 10% observation
    Contact hours: 35 hours 
    Credits: 15 Sussex Credits

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  • 19thin the UK for History*

  • Expertteaching - many of our academics have featured in television documentaries and written books

  • 1stcity in England for student happiness**

  • Studyspaces and facilities including special collections of rare books and papers at The Keep***

Which school will I study in?

You'll study in the History department, which is part of the School of Media, Arts and Humanities. 

You may learn from expert academic staff who have appeared on television documentaries and written books. We have world-class expertise in a broad range of historical periods and subjects, but we are primarily interested in British, European and Global History over the last four centuries.

The Department of History provides opportunities to explore unique collections and resources from the Mass Observation Archive facilities at The Keep – a state-of-the-art archive conservation centre.

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Our history research

Sussex historians have helped to generate new online archives including Old Bailey OnlineThe Joseph Hooker Correspondence Project and the world famous Mass Observation Archive.  

Our research influences the way we teach, and you learn from academics at the forefront of their fields.

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Contact us

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 *The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021**(Our campus is nine minutes by train from Brighton & Hove) survey by accommodation providers Student Living by Sodexo ***Access to facilities is dependent on the module you study. Rankings based on full undergraduate degree at Sussex.

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